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brazil for months or years to come. for them it is that big of a disaster. that's our show for today. i'm david shuster in for ali velshi. for all of us here at "real money." thanks for joining us. imeargs,. >> hello and welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz in new york. john siegenthaler john siegenthaler has the night off. >> this isn't going to be a short term problem, this is a long term problem. >> life in america. human drama unfolding on the front lines. israel strikes gaza for the second straight day while hamas steps up its aarticulates. boom town. how they're changing america's
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real estate market. plus taking the plunge, the water slide that is taller than niagra falls. i'll take you on our first person report. >> we begin with a battle over immigration. tonight president obama addressed the issue head on speaking out in dallas. what started as a fundraising trip for the president led to a round table meeting with texas officials including governor rick perry. >> the issue is not that people are invading our noarms officials. the issue is -- enforcement officials. we are, while the attending to uncomploind children with the compare and compassion that they deserve while they are in our
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custody. >> our libby casey is here with the latest on this. tell bus the latest on the meeting with governor perry. >> pushing back on republicans, especially these thousands of children now hee and the governor met and the president talked afterwards and he laid out a couple of concerns that governor perry emphasized and among them were worries about having enough resources on the border. the president says look if congress passes this spending bill i want, we with have more money about that. also worries about the judicial process. are there enough judges? can this process be expedited? once again the president says if we work with congress we can get nor accomplished. here's what the president had to said about that. >> what i want to emphasize to the governor is the problem here is not a major disagreement around the actions that could be helpful in dealing with the
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problem. the challenge is: is congress prepared to act to put the resources in place to get this done? another way of putting it, and i said this directly to the governor is, are folks more interested in politics or are they interested in solving the problem? if near interested -- they're interested in solving the problem, then this can be solved. if the interest is politics, then it won't get solved. >> that he's not been tough enough on security and other issues. >> also libby, talk about the criticism he's getting from within his own party and that he should visit the border itself. >> that's right. he's gotten criticism for not visiting the border. it was build as mostly a
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fundraising trip. they said you're there, you should go further and visit the border yourself. including homeland security secretary jay johnson has gone down five times and planning to go again. he said i'm not going down for photo op, this is not about optics, this is about solving real problems. the the money the president is asking congress for, the question is the nuts and bolts, the parties have different goals in seeing where the money is allocated. >> libby casey, thank you. thousands of undocumented immigrants continue crossing, struggling is sitting on this texas border, are hungry and
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often frightened migrant countries make they're way to this church gymnasium. all they have is the clothes they are wearing and a notice to appear in court. there, norma and a team of volunteers are waiting. >> they have an opportunity to take a shower, to eat, to see a doctor. >> reporter: the groups with women and children come in, after being detained by border agents. sister norma opened the catholic shelter in mccallum with nowhere to return. >> we are not aiding and abetting anybody. we are actually assisting folks in the community that need care. we are doing a humanitarian response. a care that anyone would do,
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even anyone who is protesting against it, should see the face of a child and would help as well. you know because it's a human being. >> reporter: for most families like this man and his 12-year-old son, the shelter is only a rest stop. reunite with family elsewhere in the u.s. their journey took almost two months. they were detained monday and are said to appear in court next month. >> translator: i want to find a job. god give me the opportunity. the same way he allow me to get here i'm going oget the chance to work, the right way, to get a better future. >> reporter: border facilities in mccallum, 57,000 children have been detained. >> these children are coming and in most cases i think they're coming with an adult. in some cases some of the moms
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say they brought their kid, but they also brought their nephew, because she is not the mom, so they become unaccompanied child. >> reporter: looking to reconnect with families in the u.s. jonathan martin, a al jazeera, mccallum, texas. >> threats that the assault could move to the ground. hamas has fired more than with two dozen rockets from gaza. no deaths or serious injuries have been reported from israel's side. hundreds of israeli air strikes have hit that region. speaking about moving the battle to the ground and invading the gaza strip, some are talking about reoccupation
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of the territory. john hendren is there. >> reporter: the acceleration of the military on the gaza strip has centered. overnight a two-year-old girl was killed in a refugee camp here in gaza city. a driver of media 24 was killed in his car. and a coffee shop was struck by an israeli air strike, celg seven and injuring as many as 17th. that death toll continues to rise overnight, as the israelis launched a barrage of strikes on gaza city and throughout the gaza strip. meanwhile, rocket attacks continue to fire out of gaza as well. those landed throughout gaza including a near nuclear site in israel that was nearly 70 kilometers away. however, gazans report that all
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of the deaths are happening on this side of the border, and the big concern here is whether the air war will now be followed by a ground war. a new israeli tactic seems to be destroying a number of homes. they've been doing that for over a day now. with that seems to have accelerated. some of those homeowners have received warnings. others have not. >> john hendren is gaza at this time tonight. life goes on but with growing anxiety and anger. our nick schifrin is there. tell us how people there are handling all this? >> reporter: yes, jonathan good evening. this country is suffering from a barrage of rockets that it's never seen from gaza and it's not only here near gaza, down south in israel, but also miles north in what this country considers its most important city. before this week israelis
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thought tel aviv was far enough from gaza to be safe. but for the first time ever, gaza rockets are reaching tel aviv and this couple's wedding is in rain, the camera pulse up showing an straily missile trying to intercept a gazan rocket. this rocket's intercepted as the bride makes a quick get away. whenever tel aviv and the areas around it are attacked as they have been at least six times in the la 24 hours for israel it's different. tel aviv is israel's economic capitol, where the military is based. this city best represents the country. this is where the attacks take more importance than anywhere else. >> there might be rockets, there
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might be air raid sirens but nothing could stop eli and shimrit from getting married today. >> are you guys scared? >> it's a bit nerve wracking this period but we are going forward. >> some might call it defiance. others say they are in denial. but for eli ron, he believes the military operation will succeed. >> there would be fewer rockets and less chaos. >> reporter: but when i show them rockets and chaos during the other couple's wedding the night before their faces change dramatically. >> i hope they will stop at all the chaos. >> we hope there will be quiet on both sides. this is our day. let's celebrate. >> reporter: for this couple, tonight ended happily. but inside of gaza, and across israel, there's not a lot of peace and quiet or celebration.
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we'd been in tel aviv about five minutes before hearing our first air raid siren before a rocket was intercepted by the iron dome. here on the gaza border all night we've seen a barrage from israel to gaza and a barrage from gaza into israel. tanks and bulldozers moving in, signs that israel will increase its action inside gaza and therefore the rockets will increase inside israel. >> nick schifrin, thank you. i asked earlier whether an israeli military invasion of gaza was at this point inevitable? >> absolutely not. there is no such guarantee. israel has made it clear that it has no desire to have a ground offensive. it will do so if necessary, if
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forced to do so. but there is no desire on behalf of israel or the israeli government to escalate the situation. it's been very clear from the beginning that the government and the military, they've been reluctant to enter into this operation. but seeing that the rockets have been reaching israel's main cities, living has become impossible around many towns. the people basically made it clear to the government that they expect action, they expect effective action, and what they want is the restoration of calm as soon as possible. >> so what needs to happen to force israel to launch a ground offensive? what is the criteria that must be met for israel to decide it is time to send in troops? >> we're hoping actually that the direction will be absolutely the opposite. that hamas will deescalate, they
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will stop shelling our cities. they are going as far north as haifa, even today, the president of israel, the prime minister, sent a clear message, that as soon as hamas stops barraging our cities, then israel will not launch any ground offensive. and the calm will be restored. >> but the concern obviously is that women and children in the gaza strip are dying. you say palestinians are attacking israelis but the argument is israelis are doing the same thing. >> absolutely not. israel never ever attacks sifnlts intentionally. it takes the greatest care and the measures that are not taken by any military in the world to forewarn civilians of attacks on military places. the problem of course is hamas launches its operations from within civilian areas from
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within neighborhoods from within schools. people are used as human shields, that they have even been admitted to business hamas. israel lets people know even endangering its citizens in the process that it plans to attack military installations and sometimes civilians go to that place in order to try prevent that attack knowing that israel did not attack civilians and try avoid it as much as possible. no military in the world has ever taken the kind of measures that the israeli defense forces have taken. and hamas is doing everything possible to try to get civilians hurt in the process. both its own and israeli civilians during its own attacks. >> i know you feel answer is for hamas to quit firing rockets. it seems obvious to a lot of people. but is there not something that can be done on the israeli side?
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something more than what is already happening to somehow ease tensions? >> for days israel did nothing while rockets were being hauled at our citizens. and descreals -- israelis kept on sending messages we do not want to start, please induce calm and the are messages were sadly interpreted as weakness and forced us to a point where we are at least trying to prevent more attacks on our receivables. >> annette will, former member of israeli knesset, i really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> first of all how concerned are you that israel may launch a ground invasion in the next few days? >> well, it seems that israel for sure is going to do this
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operation, because this attack on gaza has been preplanned, obviously and mr. netanyahu has used every opportunity to create this attack. and let us put certain facts straight here. it was not the palestinians who started this conflict, it was israel, that carried out assaults on certain people in gaza and this led to a response from the palestinian side. up until now, although there were several rockets set to israel, israel has conducted 600 air strikes. up to now, not a single israeli has been killed but on the other hand 67 palestinians, mostly women and children have been killed by israeli air strikes. >> moustafa, israel says the answer is clear, stop firing
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rockets. why can't that happen? >> it would happen if the united states would help convene the security council, and the security council of the united nations could immediately take a decision of cease fire. and i'm sure if israel is ready to respect that, that hamas would respect that. >> what kind of thoughts have you, talks have you had with leaders of israel recently? >> he this are reid to go back to the truce that has prevailed for past two years, and if israel accepts to let us have an independent plennian state. nonviolence, if all the palestinian groups agree with that. if they are giving the chance to do so. but if israel continues the air strikes and killing palestinians they will only create more
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problems. as gandhi said once, violence breeds violence. there is only one way to get out of this vicious cycle which is for israel to accept palestinians as equal human beings. >> so then considering that, how does this end? how do you move on from here? have you guys had any conversations with l israeli leaders? has there been any discussion of getting the two sides together, to discuss a possible cease fire? >> president abbas has indicated he is will to negotiate on behalf of older citizens a cease fire. he has been talking to the american side as well but all we see is a preparation of a big army to invade gaza and more air strikes on a daily basis. more families killed. so far five families in gaza have been eliminated completely. we are talking about seven or six members in each family. the father, mother, children,
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were killed by israeli air strike. this has to stop. >> moustafa, i hate to interrupt you, i wanted to go back to your point, you guys had had conversation with americans about a cease fire. can you tell me more about what those conversations entail? >> mr. abbas had conversations with americans here and that conversation was about achieving cease fire. the whole west bank is boiling. it is not on hamas only, it is on the whole population of werchg. west bank, 2.8 million people living in this area. this requires that the united states restrains israel, retrains mr. netanyahu who has made everything he could as prime minister of israel to
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destroy the last opportunity of peace talks when mr. kerry took his initiative. and i think many american officials admit already that israel spoiled the very last opportunity of peace negotiations. >> thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> and still ahead. strained relationship as second case of u.s. spying in germany. what german investigators are saying about the situation. and sex on campus, why federal lawmakers are getting involved.
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>> for the second time in a week, german officials are looking into a situation of spying, involving the united states. the man under investigation worked at germany's defense minuteministry. the two cases are fueling
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tensions between the countries. the german government saysists investigating but is not revealing more details. a new revelation tonight on spying and prying here in the u.s. accusing the u.s. of secretly investigating prominent muslim americans. john terret joins us. these are explosive allegations here. >> they are jonathan, that's absolutely right. we have known haven't we that members of the muslim community, evidence seems to be emerging that very senior members of the muslim community, very senior indeed were also targeted. of the five named today some of them actually worked for the government. >> shock and surprise as to why. >> reporter: meet muslim american faisil gill, working under george w. bush and was
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spied on by his own government. >> i think some in the law enforcement community or the intelligence community wouldn't have seen that compatible. >> reporter: among the archives supplied by snowden was a spreadsheet showing fisa recap. spying on americans by a court if they're suspected of a terr terror-related activity. so was assim garfor a prominent attorney who represented american muslims if terrorism related cases from capitol hill. former head of the school center for middle eastern studies. arga saad, a muslim who worked on registering to vote, and care
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the largest muslim civil rights organization in the country. >> the fact that they're targeting these prominent muslim american activists and lawyers suggest that they are considering people's political and religious views in deciding who to focus their energies on. >> faisil gil said he would like to see changes. >> what i'm hoping happens is congress or the administration actually looks at these policies again and puts in safeguards so thing like this don't happen. >> reporter: all five vehemently deny any involvement in terrorism. in response, the office of intelligence says, solely because they disagree with public policies or criticize the government or for exercising
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constitutional rights. now, according to intercept there were more than 7,000 e-mails intercepted in the case of those five muslim mental and jofnt of course, all of -- jonathan of course all of this comes on the day thatting edward snowden applies for one more year of asylum in russia. >> ray nagin was convicted of ten years in prison. he was mire of new orleans for two terms. straight ahead, sex crimes on campus, the disturbing trend and what's being done about it. plus a study in trouble. a scientists with a rare marijuana research grant lost her job with a major university.
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>> this is al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz. coming up this half hour. failing grades. a staggering number of american
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colleges are breaking the law when it comes to investigating sexual assaults. child soldiers forced from their homes and given guns. we'll talk live to one warrier at the aiming of 13. and a wild ride. the water slide higher than niagra falls. the battle over immigration intensifies, president obama addressed the issue today during a trip to dallas. the president met with texas liters including governor rick perry about how to tackle the issue of unaccompanied miles an hour crossing the border. >> what i emphasized to the governor is the problem here is not a major disagreement around the actions that could be helpful in dealing with the problem. the challenge is: is congress prepared to act to put the
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resources in place to get this done? another way of putting it, and i said this directly to the governor is, are folks more interested in politics or are they more interested in solving the problem. if they're interested in solving the problem then this can be solved. if the preference is for politics, then it won't be solved. >> and the president is also been getting a lot of criticism for not making his way to the border. al jazeera's antonio mora talked to loretta sanchez. >> what about some of your colleagues in the legislature? your colleague henry cuear says he hopes the border doesn't become the president's katrina moment. many democrats criticized the president for not heading to new orleans following katrina. >> we do have a humanitarian
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issue, a refugee issue at the border. if i had been him i would have gone to take a closer look what's going on. it's not like he can't see, or he hasn't been told about it. i think i.t. looks a little bad for a president to go to a state and not take a look at the issue that's really right in front at the time. >> and you can see our full interview with representative sanchez coming up on "consider this," that's 10:00 eastern. a week after the department of education expanded its list of schools violating federal laws in connection with alleged sex crimes. our morgan radford is here. >> good evening, jonathan. there is a lot of concern over combating sex assault. it's grown over the last year. in fact today there's even more concern. as an alarming report shows that
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some million colleges are ignoring the law. >> the findings are starting. not a single sexual assault investigation. only 5% of victims report their attack to police and only 10% of schools have hired coordinators required by law to deal with sexual crimes. senator claire mccastell commissioned the study. >> that means they are not taking this problem seriously. so sometimes finding out that there has been no investigation for sexual assault may on its surface to be to a parent reassuring, it should not be reassuring. on how to handle sexual assault claims, 43% of the's
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largest public schools he helicopter student, raising policy and conflict of interest questions and 22% of schools gave athletic departments oversight ownership cases involving athletes and 21% of schools don't provide any sexual assault training to faculty or staff and 21% don't provide any sexual assault training for students. jonathan, they were actually unaware of some of their legal obligations under title 9. most people think title 9 only applies to equality in sports but does cover sexual assault as well. >> thank you morgan. half of detroit's residents rely on public transit but the system is struggling to keep up. tanya moseley reports on what's being done to change that. >> this is how choy sampson
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spends his weekday mornings. it is 10:00 but his shift doesn't start until 1:00. >> i have to leave this early just so i can get to work. >> it is a nine mile trip with one transfer should last 45 minutes but it is take samson three hours. >> isn't that awful? it's just awful to me. >> dan dirks hears stories like samson's every day. he is the fourth transportation director here in three years. >> my theory is, if you can start fixing these little problems you can start to make the system better. >> reporter: in a city of more than 700,000 people there are only 190 working buses. 300 others need repairs. and at many bus stops in the city this is what you see. crowds of people waiting for buses that show up late, if at all. >> even if we put out every single bus that we have, it wouldn't be enough for what the demand is here. >> just about all the people we
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spoke with tell us they have to plan their lives around the buses being late. the on-time rate for detroit is 65%. the national average is 85%. >> some people have even complained to the city that they've lost their jobs because they couldn't get to work in time. >> and there's been employers that i've called to try to get the jobs back. >> dirks says, his system has asked for federal funds to buy new buses and fix old ones and he wants to do all this by the end of the year. >> the only thing i can say, just wait and see. >> after troy samson after waiting 20 minutes, samson's bus sped right past him. >> how often has this happened? >> it happens all the time. >> he will wait for another bus to leave him off a mile away
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from work. >> you have to walk a mile? >> yes yes. >> you think this is tiresome? >> it is tiresome, this isn't going to stop me from going to work. >> it is what thousands of detroiters have to endure until the city can fix its broken transit system. tanya moseley, al jazeera, detroit. a controversy at the university of arizona tonight. a prominent marijuana researcher there has been abruptly fired. a psychiatrist studying the drug's affect on patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. jacob ward has the story. >> an employer needs exemptions from federal law, various public health review processes that can take forever.
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dr. sue cystley was one of the few researchers to ever get that exemption for a possible therapeutic benefit study. typically you have to promise to study the negative effects of marijuana not the positive effects. this is the first time supposedly that someone was going to study the positive effects. they were negotiating with her about where the study would happen. she walked into a whole mine field. >> the university of arizona has never conducted marijuana research on campus here where we stored studied drug here and administers it to patients on campus. the problem is the word marijuana is so politically radioactive that i think university administration are concerned about how do they manage this plus the public relations nightmare of trying to
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persuade our lawmakers that this is not becoming some type of drug den here. >> and so on the eve of a real landmark study here, jonathan, she was abruptly fired by the university. >> unreal. so jacob if this researcher had government approval like she said she had, why did the university object to her study to begin with? >> i had the opportunity to sit in and listen with her meeting with university officials, where the research would happen, what her plans were for the study. they brought up the specter of state law and the idea of authorizing a pot study on the university of arizona campus, might put them in bad light of providing the budget for the university. now we're used to seeing colorado and washington at this point throwing their arms wide to the recreational use of marijuana. the idea that the country is turning over to be more friendly
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to marijuana. well, it turns out in arizona mj marijuana is a toxic subject for researchers. >> independent jacojacob ward t. wide use of child soldiers. a soldier from sierra leone who has written about his experience. paul beban. >> some of them as young as 8, they are on the front lines or they're serve is as cooks -- serring as cooks and spice or even sex slaves. a new u.n. report confirms that in 2010 alone more than 4,000 children were used in conflict in at least 18 countries. generally speaking there are two types of groups that recruit children for fighting. at least 16 countries where that is happening, two that are major
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offenders according to the u.n. are boko haram in nigeria and the self plaind fighting force, national army but could also be a group more loosely affiliated with the government such as a paramilitary or, other police force. actively recruiting children to these groups. in all cases the terrible question of course is why are children being used in conflict? first children are often the majority of the population in conflict zones so there is a large number of potential recruits which also tragically makes them more expendable. because of that they are often sent to the front line as scouts or decoys. and there is the notion that children are easy to manipulate, have an underdeveloped sense of danger, making it easier to send them into the line of fire. most often they are an deducted by force, often from home.
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towns will often provide children to fight for promises of security. parents will sometimes volunteer their children for these types of cases and sometimes children will fight to avenge the death of family members. whatever the circumstance it is of course a tragedy. >> thanks paul beban. use of children less than 15 years old is a war crime. in june of 2013 the u.n. set a goal of no child soldiers anywhere in the world by the year 2016. analysts says there has been progress but use of children in war dates back thousands of years. one of the most notorious incidents was the decades long war in sierra le leone. ,ish maiishmael beah joins me.
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how does one become a child soldier? >> there are several things that add up to it. the life i knew as a child was completely destroyed. i had lost my community, my family were killed, my two brothers, mother and father, ended up going to a military base in my case, looking for safety. really become the only choice. >> when you go to military base in sierra leo run by the government, correct, you go there looking for help and they say what to you? >> first they take you in and you serve -- we served as cooks. we would fetch water for them and do basic anchors around. one day they say if you want to
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continue living here, have access to food, you have to be soldiers. it didn't make sense. to me, i was 13. who would want to make us soldiers. but then we are trained briefly in the midst of war and we became soldiers. >> so it does sink in at that point. despite the trauma you faced, despite losing your family, you realize at the time how wrong this seems. >> you can't believe that it is going to happen to you. and then you begin to become part of it. this becomes your new community. as children you've lost everything so the army, or the rebel group, or the squad, however you want to call it, becomes your new family. and to become part of this new family, the loyalty requires you to do whatever the commander tells to you do. that's pretty much what happened. >> how difficult was it for you to be on the front lines and to fire the gun and take the lives of these people?
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>> simply the reality of war, each minute each second, in this context you had to either do that killing yourself or somebody would do it on your behalf. but once you're part of this fighting group and you didn't do it then your own people will kill you. >> you've been open about your experiences, you are not sure how many people you have killed correct? >> in the war situation, everything goes so fast. you don't have the time to count to see what's happening. sometimes the battles occur at night so you just shoot. and also with the guerilla warfare you don't know who is who. you don't have uniforms, you have mixed with civilians so you don't know. >> what haunts you most about those days? >> i mean a lot of things, there are a lot of things but for me particularly just the constantly running around, the constant not knowing there's a possible future ahead. just living minute by minute.
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you cannot think beyond that. you live for a minute you hope the next one will be possible and that's all you can do. >> you wrote a memoir about your experiences, a second the radiance of tomorrow, ishmael beah. thank you for coming in. >> thank you for having me. 50 bodies were found in a predominantly shia area. south of baghdad. all the victims were shot to death, many were blindfolded and had their hands bound. this as iraq's prime minister accused the islamic group. >> rejected claims made by nouri maliki, as maliki put it,
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extremism. the problem that iraq finds itself in now in terms of a divided society, in terms of the sectarian conflict, in terms of the militants which seem to be running riot across many cities such as mosul, kirkuk, many maliki has taken over the past eight years as far as he is concerned has led to this problem. in the meantime, there was a message directed towards his own people, towards the kurds of iraq, saying it was never his intention to move unilaterally towards independence, that preparing for some sort of referendum was done because he was forced to do so, because he had said he saw an iraq that was splitting up, increased violence and animosity between different
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sections of society, they needed to start preparing for their own state and not wait for this consensus that was agreed upon many years ago between all sides to happen. >> in beijing, secretary of state john kerry has promised china's communist party better cooperation. kerry said america does not want to control beijing's growth. improving the relationship between china and the u.s. other topics include climate change and cyber-security. despite accusations the two countries have spied on each other, the economic ties have not been stronger. a trend good news for sellers. randall pinkston has more. >> new york real estate broker works in one of the hottest markets in america.
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>> asking price 3.25 million. >> 3.25 million? >> correct. >> for a two bedroom two bath apartment with 14 foot ceilings and just under 1800 square feet of interior space. plus a roof deck. rosa bianco says most of his listings sell within a month. at what price point? >> 1.5 million. >> chinese nationals taking the lead. in one year, ending last march, foreign buyers purchased $92 billion in u.s. real estate. chinese spent the most on u.s. realty, shelling out $22 billion for seasonal family homes. foreign buyers including chinese nationals are driving demand for the tallest residential building in america. 432 park avenue, a 97-story
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tower where the starting price for a one bedroom unit is $7 million. going all the way up to $95 million for top floor penthouse. but even at those stratospheric prices realtors say american real estate is a bargain. >> your average price per square foot in new york city is 1300 a square foot which at the end of the day is a pretty good bargain considering the fact that sydney, london are at 2100 a square foot and above. >> economist says chinese nationalists are here to say. >> in terms of the customers we have seen, they want to rent it out if they don't want to use the property themselves. >> most don't use mortgages. >> almost 99.9% all cash. >> all cash. >> all cash. >> reporter: effectively shutting out american buyers.
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>> if you have an international buyer comes in with cash, it definitely puts someone who needs financing at a disadvantage. >> reporter: while chinese nationals and other foreign real estate investors do put pressure on american buyers, economists say they are also helping. because american mortgages are funded by international buyers. >> chinese is one of the major investors that puts money into mortgage backed securities that keep interest low for average americans. >> most americans are not looking for places like these but for those who are, no matter how low the interest is not low enough to compete with cash. randall pinkston, al jazeera. >> up next our photo of the day and its name means insane in german and it may live up to it. the world's tallest water slide is set to open and we talk to the people behind that wild ride.
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>> good evening, i'm meteorologist kevin corriveau. about 24 hours ago, this is what we were looking at, weather moving through new york and pennsylvania, severe weather also very deadly. very quickly believe it or not we saw over 400 wind damage reports associated with these storms. take a look at those wind damage reports right there and also, here in new york there was a confirmed tornado, that we did see fatalities with that tornado as well. this evening we are looking at more active weather pushing through much of the area. we are looking at severe thunderstorm watches and warnings that are nerveght --
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that are nervegh in effect throw hampshire. through next several hours, things are going to get a little bit better in terms of weather. the temperatures are coming down slightly. the humidity in the air is coming down. that's not going to be fueling those thunderstorms. on friday it's going to go down the 84, but we do expect to see nicer conditions in terms of weather all over the weekend. the humidity does come back as we go to monday and that's going to be our next threat of weather. southwest we are looking at the monsoon effect and flooding is a major problem. that's a look at your national weather. your news is up next.
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>> the world's tallest water slide is set to open in kansas this week. it is taller than both niagra falls and the statue of liberty. >> it's called insane in german. first sandbags go down. then after the sandbags are done and we know how every weight affects the slide, we send people down the slide. we have a set of test riders that go down, generally with the manufacturer and then we start to test with our own operations folks. and we do quite a bit of testing
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with these things, including with ak accelerometers. the first thing, when it tilts down all of a sudden you are facing down. it feels like you're actually in a free fall. the profile does not look like it's that steep but it actually is. it feels like in a total free fall. when you're going down there. it's over so quick you're over that free fall moment so quickly that you start to go on the second hill. and that's when your mind starts working like oh my gosh i'm on the water slide. it is an amazing experience. water splashing everywhere. it over loads your senses. the reaction of anyone who rides it the first time is wow, that was amazing and in my case it's, can i go again? we had hoped to build it in our last season but it actually took
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another additional year. and it's because it's a oisk one-of-a-kind ride. everything had to be built from scratch. the math that works with rollercoasters doesn't next work with water slides. when you add water it changes a lot of things. we have got it thoroughly tested and ready to rock. >> ready to rock, absolutely. it.opens tomorrow if you are feeling adventurous. making sure the mentally ill get help, the new law san francisco has approved, making sure the poor get help. issuing warnings why daily exercise is not enough if you sit around all day. these stories and much more at 11:00 eastern, 8:00 pacific. finally freeze frame comes to us from brazil.
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argentina celebrated its victory after beating the netherlands. took a penalty shooting to knock out the dutch. it's going to be argentina versus germany on sunday nap does it for us tonight. thank you so much for joining us we appreciate it. stay with us because "america tonight" with joie chen starts right now. . >>
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on"america tonight" - a critical health alert for millions of american women. a routine surgical procedure that 100,000 have each year, and a warning that it could spread cancer. >> the magnitude of this is not small. this is probably going to be a global epidemic na statement of claiming 4 cancers of -- of stage 4 cancer of women caused by doctors. a beginning with a simply diagnosi